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Amanda's Reviewed Picks By Category: Mystery/Thriller, Fiction, Social Issues, MemoirsPop Culture, True Crime, YA.

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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

Machado redefines what a memoir can be and do through her inventive and incredibly honest story that masterfully grapples with domestic violence in queer relationships. Her prose yet again blew me away, equal parts sensitive and staggering. Carmen's story is hard to describe due to its endless layers, but some words that come to mind are beautiful, devastating, lovely, strange, and utterly unique from any memoir I have experienced before. In the Dream House is essential reading that shines a light on an often neglected corner of the human experience.

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ISBN: 9780316449885
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Published: Hachette Books - November 5th, 2019

Lindy West is back with a new collection of essays that are the ultimate clap back, sure to make you laugh, while simultaneously firing you up to change the world. Let’s face it, being a woman in today’s political climate is hard. Reading her essays made me feel like I wasn’t alone  I felt empowered and a sense of solidarity knowing that there are other women out there who are angry and who are actively fighting for change. Lindy doesn’t present anything with rose colored glasses, but rather gives us the blunt honesty that we desperately need. The witches are coming, and we can join and help them!

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451621389
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013

Cahalan’s is a tale of survival. It is amazing, in the 21st century, how much we do not know about the human brain. Her story is incredibly well written and she does a remarkable job about being open and honest, in even unflattering ways, to be true to her story and to present an accurate picture of just what this terrifying disease can do to you. A fine balance of personal story blended with real science, you’ll have a hard time putting this book down!

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ISBN: 9781250317995
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Published: Celadon Books - August 20th, 2019

This is Alex North's crime debut and what a impressive debut it is! His story is spine-chilling and very original. A simply fantastic read, with some surprising twists, that will appeal to so many crime fiction fans.

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By Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator), Sarah Stern (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781626721623
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Published: First Second - August 27th, 2019

I love this book and wish I could live inside it's fictional fall world. I am a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell and she does not disappoint with this graphic novel. Entirely lovely and the cutest love story.